Review Excerpts

Monday, March 28, 2016

Crossing the Finish Line

(Just a reminder - the Smexy Romance Blog Hop and Giveaway is still going on, so if you haven't entered yet, don't miss out!)

Moving on....

I made it! With a couple days to spare! I finished writing Out of Orbit on Saturday night, so before my self-imposed deadline of the end of the month. I'm not so sure it'll be proofed, packed up, and ready to go by the 31st, but I'm hoping that can happen by the end of the weekend, so close enough. Even though I still have to write the blurb. Ugh.

Clearly, the writing process was not all smooth sailing this time around, for a number of reasons. Am I thrilled about the fact that it took me six months to write a 30K-word novella? No, not really. Were my writing and word building skills a little rusty, leading me to doubt myself a number of times? Oh, yes. But at the end of the day, I do like this story and I'm happy with it. It hasn't usurped the title of "best thing I've ever written" (that still goes to Elysium, I think, with Disintegration as a close second), but there are some moments that are pretty damn awesome.

Once I send this off, I'm going to take some time to READ for a change. I have a number of books I've been meaning to get to loaded up on my Kindle, begging for attention. And as we all know, reading makes you a better writer, so I do need to make some time for that. However, I don't want to take *too* long of a writing break. Maybe next time it won't take me six months to finish something....

Sunday, March 20, 2016

The Smexy Romance Blog Hop and Giveaway

 It's blog hop time again! Welcome to my spot along the Smexy Romance Blog Hop and Giveaway! We're all posting super-steamy excerpts today, along with offering opportunities to win some great books.

Elysium has been out for about a year now, and it still remains one of my favorites of all my book-children. To celebrate my bias, I'll be giving away an e-copy to one lucky reader. Enjoy the smexy excerpt, keep scrolling down for the giveaways, and don't forget to visit the other stops on the blog hop!

We became trapped in a vicious, glorious cycle. With every nip and nibble of mine, she responded with a breathy moan or a roll of her hips. It was all the motivation I needed to further incite her pleasure. My erection swelled so heavy and hard it hurt, but her velvet skin tasted so good, I wasn’t ready to let her go yet.

Sliding my hands into her jeans, underneath the elastic of her panties, I groped her ass. She hooked one leg over mine, slamming our bodies together and trapping my engorged shaft between us. Even through multiple layers of fabric, I felt her blossoming heat, and it drove me crazy with lust.

I let her breast fell from my mouth and struggled for air. She pushed the scraggly hair from my eyes. “What’s wrong?” she asked.

Every drop of blood had rushed between my legs, erasing the ability to formulate coherent thoughts. “I…I want you,” I ground out between pants. My cock bulged against her as the words escaped and I bit back a groan. “I need you.”

April’s fingers skated down my chest toward the top of the khakis. She made quick work of the button and zipper and her hand slipped inside. “Say it again,” she murmured.

A flimsy piece of cotton separated me from paradise. “I want you.”

She pushed the pants and boxers down several inches, freeing my erection. The brief shock of cold air was replaced by her fingers wrapping around the shaft, and I shuddered.

“One more time. I need to hear it.” As she spoke, she gave me a deliberate squeeze.

I couldn’t take any more torment. The dam broke, and I launched another assault on her mouth. She eased her hips back just enough to grant me access to the front of her jeans. I wrenched away the last of her clothing and cupped her mound with a palm.

“I want you, April,” I said in between frenzied kisses. One finger skimmed the length of her dampened cleft. “I want to be inside you so bad.”

Two years have passed since April Patterson’s husband was shot and killed in the line of duty, and she’s trapped in a haze of grief and uncertainty. Having grown frustrated by all other efforts to engage her in activities where she could meet new people, her cousin pays for a date via 1Night Stand. Not thrilled with the idea, April nevertheless contacts Madame Eve and requests the impossible: a date with her deceased husband.

Brilliant software engineer Drew Monroe created his company, Elysium, to help give closure to those who have suffered the loss of a loved one, through the use of virtual reality. Though passionate about his work, being constantly surrounded by heartache and death has taken a toll on his mental health. When he accepts the case of a young widow referred to him by Madame Eve, her tragic tale depresses him further, but he commits himself to programming April the romantic date she desires.

April arrives at Elysium and prepares to enter Drew’s virtual realm. Will she find the solace she seeks within? Or will she discover she doesn’t need a fantasy world to discover happiness again?

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016


Happy March! It's time to get my butt in gear and get. stuff. done. I am setting the goal for myself to have the writing of Out of Orbit done by the end of the month. It's a totally reachable goal, one that would be kind of embarrassing if I didn't reach it, but I know that life gets in the way sometimes, so the end of the month it is. Ideally, I'll have it cleaned up and submitted by the end of the month, but I'm giving myself until the twins' first birthday (mid-April) to get that done.

Around this time last year, my goal was to have Flight of the Dragon Queen finished and submitted by the time the twins were born. I'd have to go back and look to find the exact date, but I'm pretty sure I had it done by the end of March. Good thing, too, considering how early they were!

By writing down my goals here, I'm hoping to create a stronger sense of accountability. If I come back April 1st without having OoO complete, you all have permission to shame me. ;)